Title: The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
Author: Andy Stanley
Review: This book doesn’t mince words, the author tells it like it is and sometimes that’s a hard thing to hear. But if you are somewhere you don’t want to be, then you need this book. He’s not just talking spiritually, he’s talking everything.
Are you having financial, relationship, personal, and/or employment problems? If so, you need to stop and figure out what you need to change and how to do it. The author offers Bible and personal stories from his ministry to help you find the right direction. He gives you questions to ask yourself and explains how to tell yourself the truth, instead of the lies that got you in the mess in the first place. Honesty is the best policy, even to ourselves. Everyone else sees through the lies we tell them and us, so save yourself the trouble and don’t lie in the first place.
His next section made me really think. Attention determines direction, so where is your attention? What are you spending your time doing? That will be the direction you are going. Do you really want to go that way? Do you want to get out of debt, but you need to buy the latest gadget no matter what the cost? Do you want to marry someone you respect and adore, but you troll bars where the less then desirable members of society hang out? Do you want a promotion, but you arrive late and leave early whenever its convenient(more often than not?) These are tough questions, but direction determines your destination and many of us start out on the wrong road and years later wonder what happened. Decide where you want to be and get started going that direction and doing the things that will get you there.
I saw myself in this book. I’ve taken the easy way out more times than not and then wondered why I ended up without the job, education, or finances I really wanted. Where I am now is from the attention I placed on things in the past. I really can’t complain too much, but maybe a different major in college would have been a good idea, and if we had read Dave Ramsey years ago we would be better off financially now. Read this book and you will see yourself and maybe, like me, you will have the desire to make a course correction and get on the right path again.
Everything you do determines where you end up in life. Think about it and I bet you can see times you took the wrong path. What’s amazing is, that it’s not always your parents fault.
I enjoyed this book, maybe not the fact that I now realize how many times I've screwed up and lost my direction, but it was well worth reading. It is short and to the point, take a few hours and discover a thing or two about yourself.
Publisher: March 31st 2009 by Thomas Nelson
Quick Review: 5 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: I picked this up at Booksneeze, the title interested me.
Where I Obtained the Book: It was sent by the publisher.
Synopsis: There is often a tension between where we want to end up in life and the path we choose to get there. We fail to see that having good intentions is never good enough. Like Charlie Brown, we wrongly believe there's something to be said for trying hard. We need to understand why, in spite of our good intentions, we may have ended up at the wrong destination with our finances, our marriages, our careers, or a host of other dreams. So how do we get from where we are to where we truly want to be?
The Principle of the Path is a road map to proper direction and discipline.
Includes Extensive Study Guide.
Author Biography: Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church. He also founded North Point Ministries, which is a worldwide Christian organization.